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Trip Start Dec 02, 2009
Trip End Aug 01, 2010

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Fun Swiss Fact #1 - Switzerland's official abbreviation is CH which stands for Confoederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for Switzerland.

Our time in Nova Scotia has flown by. With all of my family in one place for an extended period of time we decided to mark the occasion with a photo shoot in January. If you ever need your picture taken in the Halifax area I highly recommend Trevor Allen's studio in Fall River. Despite competing nap & feeding schedules and a few illnesses among his subjects, Trevor managed to snap good photos of everyone and made the process (mostly) enjoyable to boot.

Sophia, Meredith and I kept up our weekly routine of playdates, library programs, music classes, and visits to the coffee shop. Meredith began to make it clear that she wanted some of what Sophia and I were having at the coffee shop so I gave her a small piece of croissant. When I turned my head for a moment she grabbed the rest of the croissant for herself. She was quite pleased with herself...

Meredith hasn't said any conventional sounding words yet, but she does say 'da da' for Andrew, 'na na' for banana, and a variation of the word 'hot' that I can't figure out how to spell phonetically. She LOVES being able to keep up with Sophia and has started running and climbing stairs. Let's just say I think it will be a long flight with her in our arms...

Sophia continues to entertain us with dance & gymnastics moves, songs, and her general insights into the world. She's looking forward to going to Switzerland and told me this morning that she`s teaching Grammie how to speak French. I think she might have her work cut out for her...

We bought ourselves a few going away presents - a Kindle for me and a travel guitar for Andrew. I wasn't sure if I'd like reading on the Kindle, but I do and I especially like the dictionary feature.  Andrew's guitar sounds great and is small enough that we can put it in its case and then fit the case inside my sister`s duffel bag with other things stuffed around it...we'll see if it makes it in one piece.

Really, there's not much to report, but I wanted to send a note before we left Canada.  We'll send another update when we're settled.  Now I'm off to pack what feels like a million bags...

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Wanda Murphy on

Carey, Thank you again for keeping us up-to-date in your busy life. What a rich smorgasbord of adventures you are providing for your girls! Looking forward to more blogs.
Cheers, Wanda

Liz on

Hey Carey,

Thanks for the update - the family looks great. I wish you a safe and happy trip. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in Confoederatio Helvetica!

All the best,


Jill on

Carey, I was thinking about you guys today as I was grumbling about packing up for our little trip to Ottawa....you would have so much more, it made me feel slightly better somehow. Have a great trip! And thanks for keeping us updated. I love the photos (and the ones of Jordan are great!)
Looking forward to the next installment.

Sara on

Hi Carey,
Lovely to see pics of the girls. What a great trip you have planned. I hope all goes well with the flight. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Judith on

Tks for sharing, we love the updates. Meredith is so cool and I love Sophia wiht her pig tails. I will be in Halifax the first week of May, too bad you will be long time gone.
take care and we are waiting for you guys in Victoria

Anna Lisa Bond on

WOW! This all brought tears to my eyes! You are such a beautiful family and what a wonderful opportunity to have had such time together for an extended period. Now off to Switzerland and all that awaits you there. Give Sophia a big hello and kiss for me and Meredith too! It is wonderful to see the photos and hear all about everything. You look fabulous and happy and relaxed! Enjoy!!! lotsalove anna lisa

Peter on

Gosh, here was I thinking that Helvetica as just a font.

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